Lincoln and Lindsey Blind Society (LLBS) is an independent charity working to make life easier for blind, partially sighted and visually impaired people whatever their age and personal circumstances to help them to keep active and remain independent in all aspects of their daily living. Their services include, Sight Impairment Officer Visiting Service, Resource Centre, Talking books and newspapers, social groups, eye clinic support desks, Children's Services and visual impairment awareness training. Their application to ACT was for help to fund a Befriending Project for elderly, severely sight impaired people and ACT were happy to be able to help with a one off pledge for equipment to help them on their way.
£1,000 Pledge for Lincoln & Lindsey Blind Society
£1,169 for an Epilepsy Alarm
The mother of a 12 year old girl applied to us for help to fund an epilepsy alarm. The girl has many complex medical problems including Tuberous Sclerosis, a genetic condition that can lead to growths in various organs of the body, autism and focal seizures. Her seizures can occur day and night and she has required intensive care treatment on many occasions. The provision of a wrist worn wireless seizure alarm will alert her family to any seizure she may be suffering and enable them to act quickly to keep her safe. ACT were pleased to be able to help.
£10K to Cintre Respite & Crisis Centre
Cintre is a registered charity that supports people with autism, learning difficulties and mental health issues between the ages of 18-45. They seek to enable independence and offer an active intervention and support service throughout Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset, Bath and North East Somerset. The charity has identified a gap in the provision of respite and crisis response facilities throughout those areas and they are trying to bridge this gap with the setting up of a Respite and Crisis Centre. Their application to ACT was for help to fund the construction of a two bedroom lodge on land that they own near their existing services. Their research has indicated the service will be extremely well used and ultimately hope that it will be available as a free service. ACT were delighted to be able to pledge £10K towards the lodge which will provide a calm and caring environment for those in need.
£250 for a Specialist Profiling Bed
A 29 year old man with a severe spinal condition applied to us for assistance to fund an electric profiling bed. He experiences such excruciating pain that he can only tolerate sitting in a chair for a short amount of time and spends almost 24 hours a day in bed. This majorly contributes to the severe depression he suffers and is impacting on his mental health. His OT has recommended a specialist profiling bed as he is currently reliant on family members for all transfers to alternative seating and the bathroom facilities which is obviously risking injury to them. The provision of a profiling bed will improve his quality of life and comfort and ACT were pleased to be able to pledge a donation of £250.
£5K for Enable Glasgow
Enable Glasgow is a long established Scottish charity which arose from the Scottish Society for Mentally Handicapped Children, founded in the 1950's. Enable supports adults who have a learning disability and who live in Glasgow by a range of methods; supported residential care at 2 locations, ad hoc clubs and activities at several sites and times, campaigning and advocacy and sheltered employment in a supported workshop (Fortune Works). Fortune Works ("FW") is a Social Enterprise providing meaningful opportunities for people with a learning disability within Glasgow and the surrounding areas. It's aim is to offer genuine working practices and ethics in a safe environment. Service users, with the support and guidance of staff, learn and develop skills which can lead to other opportunities, including further educational studies, volunteering or employment. The work they undertake ranges from light industrial to packaging and production of arts & craft items. FW currently offers a full holistic service to 120 service users who are supported to create and identify their own goals, both personally and work-based, during their five day, full time attendance. The application to ACT was for the capital cost of converting their existing standard WC's to specialist Clos-o-mat WC's, a type of WC that aids in the washing and drying required for people who suffer with incontinent episodes. FW are supporting service users who are aged and increased longevity has brought health conditions which have an adverse impact on the capability of users to self manage their toileting. The provision of 2 Clos-o-mat toilets will allow FW to continue the good work they do and will promote personal dignity and independence amongst their users.
£1,000 Pledge for Portable Hoist
We received an application for help to fund a portable hoist from a man with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a disease where there is a degeneration of the cells of the spinal cord which results in muscular weakness. The man was diagnosed in 1991 but over the years has lost more mobility and he is now a full time powered wheelchair user. Additionally, it has now become unsafe for him to transfer from his wheelchair without the use of a hoist. The man is keen to remain active and he enjoys participating in the community and living as full a social life as he can. His request to ACT was for help to fund a portable hoist to enable him to continue his activities. ACT were delighted to be able to pledge £1,000 to help him to do this.
£2,500 Pledge for SASBAH
Sussex Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (SASBAH) is a registered charity that exists to create and develop the best opportunities in life for those with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus and other disabilities. Believing that reducing social isolation cannot be achieved through one simple remedy, SASBAH provides many services as part of a Social Inclusion Project such as an adviser service - one to one support for individuals on all aspects of individual living, a social programme, a buddy scheme, residential breaks, disabilities youth club, support groups and a social enterprise project. This project aims to provide individuals with a higher level of social inclusion, to raise self confidence/self esteem and hope for the future, reduce anxiety and generally improve their users enjoyment of life. The application to ACT was for a donation towards the 2016 project and ACT were pleased to pledge £2,500.
£5,000 for NeuroMuscular Centre Expansion Project
Based in Cheshire, The Neuromuscular Centre (NMC) is an innovative health charity that provides specialist services and support to individuals with muscular dystrophy, a progressive muscle wasting condition which results in those affected having complex physical disabilities. The charity supports a community of 1,000 service users, their carers and families. NMC's core services include transition support, carer breaks, specialist physiotherapy (including hydrotherapy) and vocational training in accredited qualifications. The application to ACT was for funding for an expansion project which would see NMC expand its floor space by 70% to cope with the growing demand for its services and will create an enlarged physiotherapy treatment and assessment area, a new training suite, a new community cafe and much more. Fundraising for the project to be able to commence is underway and with half secured there is still a long way to go. ACT's donation is specifically for fittings, furnishings and equipment.
£1,000 Pledge for Wheelchair Smart Drive Attachment
A 65 year old tetraplegic man applied to us for help to fund a Smart Drive attachment for his wheelchair. The man who suffered a fall in 2006 has limited power in both upper limbs but has to rely on them in order to transfer from his wheelchair to other surfaces such as his car or bed, etc. After doing this repeatedly during the day, he can become tired and feel a lot of pain in his shoulders which then makes self-propelling his wheelchair very difficult. Power assist devices give wheelchair users more power and freedom to get around over different terrains and alleviate the extra burden placed on the user's upper limbs. The man is single and lives alone so this piece of equipment will make his day to day living much easier and promote his independence.
£3,100 Pledge to Local Solutions
Local Solutions is a social enterprise and registered charity that since 1974 has been delivering services with the aim of empowering and supporting vulnerable people across Merseyside and North Wales. Over the years they have developed a breadth of knowledge and expertise in identifying gaps in service needs and have a vision of a society where all people can live with dignity, lead fulfilled lives and realise their full potential. They are currently seeking to deliver a project aimed at young people aged 18-24 who, for one reason or another, have been unable to benefit from formal education, gain meaningful employment and/or to secure and sustain independent accommodation. By offering a tailored programme to help unblock any issues that may have prevented them from success to date they hope they will be able to help the young people to improve their ability to forge relationships, manage anger, increase confidence and communication skills and, in general, improve any area that will help them to become job ready. ACT were pleased to be able to support Local Solutions with a donation of £3,100 towards their two planned 10 week programmes that will hopefully benefit 24 individuals.